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Shorthanded Lightning grind out win in Chicago

Bolts overcome injuries and a back-and-forth third period to defeat Blackhawks 4-2

by Jacob Lynn / TampaBayLightning.com

Recap: TBL 4, CHI 2

Balanced attack leads Lightning past Blackhawks, 4-2

Mikhail Sergachev, Anthony Cirelli, Brayden Point and Cedric Paquette each scored as the Lightning defeated the Blackhawks on the road, 4-2

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The Bolts were dealt a tough hand in Thursday's game versus the Blackhawks.

At morning skate, Nikita Kucherov was ruled out with a lingering upper-body injury. Tampa Bay was also forced to play the final two periods without Steven Stamkos who sustained a lower-body injury in the first period. 

Yet Tampa Bay found a way to grind out a 4-2 victory over the Blackhawks at the United Center on Thursday night.

Tampa Bay took the lead late in the first period on Mikhail Sergachev's first goal of the season. Sergachev fired a one-timer from the point that beat Corey Crawford through traffic in the slot.

Video: TBL@CHI: Sergachev wires slap shot home for PPG

The Bolts held that 1-0 lead for the majority of the game but had to survive a wild, back-and-forth third period to secure the victory.

The key sequence came midway through the period. Brent Seabrook tied the game at one for the Blackhawks with 12:33 to play but Anthony Cirelli answered right back 77 seconds later to give the Bolts the lead once more.

Brayden Point gave the Bolts a two-goal cushion, but Dylan Strome pulled Chicago back within one with less than three minutes to play.

Tampa Bay held off the Blackhawks over the final two minutes with Cedric Paquette scoring into an empty net to put the Bolts back up by two.

Curtis McElhinney earned his third-consecutive win in net, making 32 saves.

Video: TBL@CHI: Point taps Palat's pretty feed past Crawford

After a lackluster performance in the first game of the road trip in St. Louis, Thursday's performance was a welcome bounce back for Tampa Bay. The Bolts got production up and down the lineup and did a much better job creating chances in the offensive zone.  

Thursday's win was Tampa Bay's eighth-straight over Chicago and their first of the season against a Western Conference squad.

Injuries will be an important thing to keep an eye on moving forward as the Lightning return to Amalie Arena to open a three-game homestand on Thursday against the Ducks. After nine shifts in the first period, Stamkos never returned to action over the final 40 minutes and Kucherov is still considered day-to-day.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
TBL | 16:10 Mikhail Sergachev (1) - Yanni Gourde, Pat Maroon - PPG

2nd Period
No Scoring

3rd Period
CHI | 8:27 Brent Seabrook (3) - Brandon Saad, Jonathan Toews
TBL | 9:44 Anthony Cirelli (4) - Victor Hedman, Alex Killorn
TBL | 12:23 Brayden Point (5) - Ondrej Palat
CHI | 17:17 Dylan Strome (5) - Andrew Shaw, Patrick Kane
TBL | 19:00 Cedric Paquette (2) - Anthony Cirelli, Alex Killorn

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